As much as possible, as often as possible, for as many as possible

The Canterbury Academy is a large organisation which seeks to ‘improve the life chances of children and to help in the community’. It provides a number of services in the community and works in partnership with other organisations.

The Canterbury Academy believes in the comprehensive ideal and in inclusion and provides a wide range of educational opportunities for students across the area to enable them to better engage with education.

All children are good at something and some children need to find these things in different settings and engage in different ways.

The Enterprise & Employability College together with the 14-19 City and Coastal College offer qualifications in maths, English and other subjects and run programmes across a number of centres both in Canterbury and outside of it.

The Canterbury Academy seeks not only to create the employees of tomorrow but also the employers. Students are introduced to enterprise and as a consequence some wish to develop their entrepreneurial inclinations.

Students who wish to set up their own businesses can do so working with Ambition House, a company based in The Enterprise & Employability College, and some members of the sixth form are now trading.

This business start up facility and many of the programmes and services detailed on this page are available to other schools, organisations and the local community.

For details on any of our Community, Engagement and Enterprise Services, click the links below or contact us using the direct email form at the foot of this page.





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Childrens’ University
Saturday morning sessions providing youngsters aged 7-14 with opportunities to engage with learning in an active and fun way.

Performing Arts
The Academy’s performing artists bring joy to old and young alike as they tour the area providing entertainment to various groups.

Youth Team
in conjunction with City & Coastal College and The Engagement & Enterprise College includes a Youth & Community Centre

After School/Holiday Clubs
A programme of activities and trips for all children and families, including non-academy students.

Primary Sports Partnership
linked to several primary schools allowing access to sporting facilities and the wealth of opportunity on campus

Campus What’s On Guide
a host of organisations providing clubs and activities during evenings, weekends and holiday times to the general public.

£4.5million Sports Centre

  • Gym with 300 stations
  • Extensive double 6-court sports hall
  • Floodlit football pitch
  • Floodlit sand sports area
  • 6-lane floodlit athletics track
  • An enclosed multi-use all weather
  • games area comprising 2 courts with dividing fence allowing simultaneous play

Tennis Centre
2 x indoor courts
Outdoor court
Professional coaching

Sports Physiotherapist
Resident physiotherapist available on campus

Sports Therapy Health & Fitness
Resident sports therapy and masseuse available on campus

Sports Clubs & Organisations
Find out about all the sports clubsand activities available on campus

Virtual Tour of Facilities
Visit our campus by viewing ourvirtual tour highlighting the wealth of sports and other facilities oncampus.

View Sports Facilities

The Employability & Enterprise College
Vocational and occupational learning, training and enterprise, youth and alternative curriculum provision.

A unique approach offers longer days and is open at weekends and during holiday times.

Training in specialist facilities:

  • Construction
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Chef/Professional Cookery
  • Health & Childcare

St Nicholas Specialist School
located at EEC enabling children and young adults to access campus facilities

14-19 City & Coastal College
Delivers area-wide ACP across a range of sites (available to other schools) including:

  • The Riverside Youth Centre
  • The Prince of Wales YC
  • Kent Equine Academy
  • Mainstream
  • Holm Place Anglers

Kent Refugee Action Network seeks to assist young people whose lives have been ravaged by conflict or difficulties in other parts of the world

Community Charity
seeks to raise funds to improve the life chances of children and to help in the community

Buckle Under
The Canterbury Academy trading arm enables students to engage in enterprise, offer wider experiences and learning opportunities.

Wedding Receptions & Events
A large main hall (capacity 600 standing or 300 seated) for wedding receptions and large events.

Facility Hire
A large range of outstanding facilities and spaces for hire for small private functions to large corporate events.

Catering and Hospitality
Packages available from small childrens’ parties to large catered weddings and receptions.
Commercial kitchen available for hire.

Children’s Parties
A range of spaces suitable including a Youth & Community Centre and the Chefs’ Restaurant.

Education Cuts Salon
Hairdressers and Barbers open to general public on campus for styling and colour treatments.

Please telephone to book an appointment: 01227 463971

Chefs’ Academy Restaurant
Open every Tuesday and Thursdayfor lunch from 12noon – 3pm. Gourmet and set menus available.

Available for private &commercial hire.

City View Nursery
Childcare from 3 months – 11 years. Pre and after school provision.

​Adult Education Centre
Visit website to view all courses and provision available. Free Parking on site.